I was here a couple weeks ago. This is a very large, busy place with upstairs and patios and seating in all sorts of haphazard places. The bathrooms are outside as a part of some sort of shopping plaza (much like Sam Horneís) with the exception that the bathrooms are dirty and totally dumpy. They had a really nice guest beer selection with maybe 9 guest taps, and most of those were interesting. They had Drakes Alpha Hop, and Moonlight Bony Fingers, and a couple other Moonlight beers. They also had about 10 of their own house beers, which I ironically didnít even try. I didnít order food. The bartenders were drinking beers regularly all along, so it seemed like a nice laid-back place. I had a good time here.
Visited on Friday 29/01/16 around 3pm. Place was pretty quiet in between lunch and dinner. Old skool kind of vibe to this brew pub with lots of wood on offer and a long bar to the side.
Service was a little slow to begin with but picked up.
No tasting flights available which is frustrating for brew pub and would certainly influence whether I visited alone or not. Beers were decent enough ... coming in around the 3.4 mark which is about my average. No wifi available either ... so again going against the lone rater from overseas big tim ! Pizza was tasty. As Petey Hale says .... parking was not easy so donít forget to pack a Petey to do this for you ! Overall decent enough for an older brew pub but one to perhaps skip if your time is limited.
Had a brief but enjoyable visit here. They have a pretty good range of beers, and the quality is decent. They donít do ísmall poursí (closest thing was a half pour, I think). There is a nice range of guest beers as well. Friendly service. Good value. The pizza is quite solid. I would recommend this as a place to get a bite to eat while trying a couple beers. Worth checking out, but probably not a must-visit.
Stopped in here for a quick visit before the Rare Barrel opened. Parking is a bitch in this part of Berkeley - right by campus - when school is in session, and the rain didnít help. The place itself is low-key and a bit dated, but funky and cozy enough to be warm and interesting. The pizza was good but the place had a cheese smell I couldnít get over, like cheese was everywhere and hadnít been cleaned. Almost like having someone puke in your car. The beers were decent and there are some guest taps, as well, although the menu is a bit confusing as to which are house beers and which are guests. Prices are good, Iím guessing because itís closer to campus. Not an essential stop, but not a bad one, either.
Did a quick stop here for some food and got a few ticks in as well. Big selection of house and guest beers on draft. Their own brews didnít impress much though, even if they werenít bad. Pizza was good. Staff had a good sense of humor and was quick and professional. Worth stopping by for lunch and a few ticks, but Iíd rather drink something else than their own beers. Interior feels a bit old school and clichť. Canít remember what kind of money we payed, but it probably wasnít too expensive.
Serendipitous stop with the wife; we were actually headed somewhere else to grab a bite and she pointed it out as we walked by. Super busy on a Saturday night. We did get a table inside. They also have outside seating, which is first come, first served and has live music on the weekends. There is an upstairs as well, but I did not go up. Bathrooms are out of the main restaurant on the way to the outside seating in back. Service was decent, given how busy they were I should not complain. They had a mix of their own beers and a number of guest taps as well. I did not ask about sample trays as this was a stop with the wife. I did order an XHP, which was respectable, and a pizza, which was good. I would definitely return.
Visited on a Friday night in November 2015. Really struggled to get a seat on a very busy Friday evening. Did manage to stay for a drink, went to the bar to get it as table service was terribly slow. Beer range was very good with a good list of their own beers plus guests. Would like to return when itís much quieter to sample in peace.
Visited during Sour Sunday in February 2014. It was crowded but a liked the ambiance of this place, especially the outdoor patio. I only tried one of their own beers, the Jupiter IPA and it was descent.
Located close to the BART Station so itís easy to visit this place if staying in San Francisco.
With all the times Iíve come to Berkeley, canít believe Iíve never gone here until now. An institution. Right across from the downtown Berkeley BART station. Interior has a wonderful old feel to it with well kept wood everywhere and a lot of brick as well. Bartender was very knowledgeable about the house beers and their guest offerings. They donít do flights, but he was gracious enough to set me up with some tastes of a handful of beers and let me order what I wanted (of course, I didnít order any of the ones Iíd already tried). Pizza seems to be the way to go here as I saw (and smelled) quite a number of them. Mostly parked myself at the bar downstairs, but also a great outdoor area and an upstairs as well. As with Triple Rock, the ambiance and the place itself might overshadow the beer, but well worth a visit.